Out of concern for the safety of our community due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the University of Wisconsin-Madison 2020 Wisconsin Film Festival is canceled.

Last updated: April 2, 2020

COVID-19 Announcements

Additional updates will be shared here on our website and on social media as things evolve.

Stay at Home with Wisconsin’s Own

Wisconsin Film Festival (WFF), in partnership with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, is thrilled to announce Stay at Home with Wisconsin’s Own.

Beginning Thursday, April 2, Wisconsin Film Festival will premiere one Wisconsin’s Own short film per day via the WFF YouTube channel. Each short will be available for one 24-hour period starting at noon. Additional information and links to content will be available on the 2020 WFF website and WFF social media platforms.

This is an opportunity to enjoy an extraordinary collection of shorts that were slated to premiere at this year’s Festival. Now, viewers will be able to enjoy them for free, in the comfort of wherever they are sheltering. In addition, each short will be accompanied by the 2020 Festival Trailer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many of our patrons have reached out with questions related to the Festival cancelation, but as is true with so much at this moment, the answers are evolving. We will use this page to respond with what we know at the moment, and time-stamp the information as answers change.

The most common questions (and their current answers) are:

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Will tickets be refunded?

Thank you to our patrons for your patience during this unprecedented time. We are now able to offer several ways to close out your ticket purchase:

  1. Donate
    The value of your purchase will be transferred to the Wisconsin Film Festival via the University of Wisconsin Foundation’s Real Butter Fund (go.wisc.edu/realbutterfund)
  2. Split
    A portion of your purchase will be transferred to the Real Butter Fund, and the rest will be returned to you.
  3. Refund
    The value of your purchase will be returned to you. Please note: the only portion of your transaction we are not able to refund or turn into a donation is the built-in $1.25 per ticket fee. This fee supports Campus Arts Ticketing and is non-refundable.

To allow us to move forward, we ask that you complete and submit the online form by Monday, April 6.

Please direct any questions to operations@wifilmfest.org, and as always, thank you for your support of the Wisconsin Film Festival.

Will you stream the 2020 film selections?

Wisconsin Film Festival (WFF), in partnership with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, is thrilled to announce Stay at Home with Wisconsin’s Own.

Beginning Thursday, April 2, Wisconsin Film Festival will premiere one Wisconsin’s Own short film per day via the WFF YouTube channel. Each short will be available for one 24-hour period starting at noon. Additional information and links to content will be available on the 2020 WFF website and WFF social media platforms.

This is an opportunity to enjoy an extraordinary collection of shorts that were slated to premiere at this year’s Festival. Now, viewers will be able to enjoy them for free, in the comfort of wherever they are sheltering. In addition, each short will be accompanied by the 2020 Festival Trailer.

Will films from the 2020 schedule appear in the 2021 Festival?

We will look into some options for rescheduling screenings, particularly for Wisconsin’s Own films and other films that will not have gone into general release or streaming platforms by then.

How can we help local organizations impacted by social distancing?

Visit our Sponsors & Partners page and click on any organization’s logo. There you’ll find options for things like making donations, placing food orders, or pre-purchasing gift cards for later use. Please help us show gratitude and support for those organizations that love great film.

WFF 2020 Cancelation

The 2020 Wisconsin Film Festival is canceled as a result of the threat posed by COVID-19. The University of Wisconsin–Madison recently suspended Spring Semester classroom instruction and canceled events with more than 50 people through at least April 10. At this time, we are in the process of notifying filmmakers, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and all of our stakeholders.

Tickets for the 2020 Wisconsin Film Festival will be refunded. We humbly ask for patience as we work through the many details involved with this process. We would be grateful if you could refrain from contacting the box office at this time. Updates will be posted on our website as more information becomes available.

We are grateful for your understanding of this difficult situation and your support of us through the years. Know that we remain committed to our mission of celebrating the best in global cinema and look forward to seeing you at next year’s Wisconsin Film Festival, April 8–15, 2021.

Our hearts go out to all of the people and communities affected by COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Professor Kelley Conway
Artistic Director, Wisconsin Film Festival

Susan Zaeske
Interim Director UW-Madison Division of the Arts

And the entire team at the Wisconsin Film Festival